Not long ago, I was contacted by trashness—a menswear blog out of the Netherlands—and asked if I would be interested in checking out some of the shirts they sell through their blog. I’ve known about trashness for awhile now, mostly through the traffic their site drives to mine that I first found out about when my wife clued me in to this thing called ‘Google Analytics.’ In any event, my interests were, as you can imagine, piqued by the decent amount of visitors being referred through a site called trashness.
Needless to say, my worst fears were allayed when I found out it was a menswear blog, and not something else entirely…I’ve long been intrigued, however, by the shirts they offer through their site. They come in a variety of up-to-date #menswear-approved designs like the extreme cutaway collar blue oxford above, and are available for $44 USD shipped worldwide. I’d say the quality is about on par with Uniqlo, but the cut is much more slim and on trend in the world of menswear. The cutaway collar is quite extreme, as was a la mode when I first saw the shirt a little more than a year ago, and the spread collar on the white shirt has a nice unstructured construction to it. Though not as nice as a classic Brooks Brothers collar roll (in my opinion), the OCBD probably has the best OTR roll that I’ve seen outside of a Brooks Brothers shirt (I have not yet had the pleasure of seeing a Kamakura shirt in the flesh, so to speak, but those collar rolls look amazing), but the fabric could stand to be a little nicer.
I put the shirts on immediately, and they’re definitely very snug. These are clearly designed for a guy in better shape than I am (which is to say, a guy who is in any shape at all), and the alpha (i.e., S, M, L, XL) sizing doesn’t make things any easier. That said, I’ve been eating healthier lately, and am hopeful that I can wear these in a couple months time. Until then, I suppose, I could wear them under a cardigan and sport coat. If you’re pretty slim, and looking for some affordable dress/casual shirts that are on trend but don’t cost an arm and a leg, I think trashness is definitely worth checking out.
FYI, I wear the 16.5/34 in Brooks Brothers ESF quite well, and these shirts were quite a bit tighter in the body than those, but similar in the neck size and sleeve length.